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with this country's foreign policy in dealing with iraq and afghanistan? if you are not satisfied, what you think president obama should consider in a way of changes? >> i am not satisfied. as a libertarian, i seek a world at peace with other nations. i look to thomas jefferson's quote for inspiration. america should stop acting as the world's policeman. i do believe in a strong national defense, but the optimum word is defense, not offense. we do not have the money to continue the wars. our money could be more wisely spent here at home. >> todd akin. >> it is important to have a foreign policy to start with. you have to have some basic principles, the guidelines. that needs to an acute -- include iraq, afghanistan, a whole lot of other countries as well. the problem is we have not had that. what it seems like the vacillating policies we have almost punished our friends and helped our enemies. we decided to turn our backs on two of our allies, the czech republic and poland. we had plans to build missile defense. we gave that is a concession to russia. how much has russia helped us with iran? how
in return for stability and security, especially with the examples of instability in lebanon and iraq on their borders. and so, that was the mandate. that was legitimacy for the asides to rule. they lost that because of the policy and bashar al-assad unleashing the dogs in terms of cracking down the opposition. his policy in instability and insecurity. so he no longer has legitimacy. in a broader sense he is solid. whether he stays in power, he'll never have the mandate to rule again and legitimacy he once enjoyed. >> host: are western policymakers assuming his fall is inevitable? and should they? >> guest: that's interesting. i've been contacted by media outlets wanting a quarter to an obituary for about a year now. every time the call, i say it's premature because the regime has the wherewithal and maybe more importantly the willingness to stay in power and do what it takes to stay in power. so i think the united states and the west and others opposed to the assad regime have backed up these predictions of imminent demise. every time there is a prominent affection, everyone says the
at reptilian reproduction doesn't end in tears of a different variety. >> to the wars in iraq and afghanistan have dramatically increased the number of troops or about suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder. here in the u.s., 300,000 troops are estimated to be affected. the military is planning millions to help veterans cut when they return home. we visited the u.s. military technology lab in washington state and since this report. >> the human hamster ball and aren't any big. it is virtual reality technology on trial by the u.s. military to help treat veterans for posttraumatic stress. in this case, recreating a foot patrol in iraq or sitting at the wheel of an armored car when a roadside bomb goes off. they are a frequent cause of trauma, recreating what happens in the way it happens, reliving events as realistically as possible, one way of getting over a traumatic event. >> it may be appealing to service members and give us the opportunity to treat some that otherwise would not come in. and it may result of better treatment outcome. >> more computer came than sitting on a couch, bu
. about ten years ago, perhaps, iran was under direct threat. those who have occupied iraq and afghanistan were threatening iran on a daily basis. i do not believe that we are under any special conditions now from those sources, but the fact that the world -- historic period in the worlis coming to an end, an era during which power has set the first and last word. those holding the keys to power have set the fate of many populations. that era is coming to an end. >> the big catalyst for protests at the moment in the middle east was the video that was released which mocked the prophet muhammed. as a result, there was an attack as you know on the american embassy in benghazi in libya. the ambassador christopher stevens was murdered. do you condemn the attack which caused his murder? >> translator: fundamentally, first of all, any action that is provocative offends the religious thoughts and feelings of any people, we condemn. likewise, we condemn any type of extremism. of course, what took place was ugly, offending the holy prophet is quite ugly. this has very little or nothing to do with fr
o ce toromince as a presidential candidate in many ways because of his opposition to the war in iraq. >> and what you saw in his "60 minutes" interview is that the white house clearly feels they are on very strong ground making that appeal. what he said is i'd lik to know whether governor romy rlly wa to forward with a war, a third war and a war with iran, is that what he's talking about. they feel that the american people are not only weary of war, but rlly understandably ouutenglanlging iran and the likelihood that that would imflan the entire region. >> let's talk about egypt. basically fledgling democracy. there was that statement by the president about whether or not egypt was an ally or an enem e prident of egypt. here's what he said when he was asked about that comment. >> translator: it was warm, it was not hot. and hot?s the difference in warm >> translator: same difference between friendship and being an enemy. we're not enemies, of course. >> but you're friends. >> translator: we're friends. >> al? >> translator: the u.s. president said otherwise. >> president morsi who li
-thirds of republicans say there were weapons of mass destruction in iraq when our troops got there in 2003. do they have amnesia? have they been buried in their basements the last nine years? what explains this many people being so out to lunch they don't even remember how "w," remember him, he was president, blew his whole reason for sending our troops in there in the first place. how can people be so helpless. anyway, this may explain why romney is in trouble because people out there think his party is out of it. joining me is howard fineman and joe klein of the times. let's take a look at the two polls. the two key states ohio and florida. according to "the washington post," president obama has a four-point lead over mitt romney in florida. four points down there in a very tough state. 51%,/47% for obama. in ohio, the president's lead is a more comfortable eight points. 52/44. that's dramatic. we have joining us -- let's take a look at that for a minute. howard fineman, thank you for joining us, and joe klein of "time" magazine. thank you. it strikes me the numbers i put out tonight, and i'm going to
spokesman for the coalition provisional authority in iraq, a more junior dan senor >> democracy we often said when we were there that democracy is messy. if you want clean and tidy there's dictatorship but right now these iraqis political leaders are immersed in their first sort of democratic experiment >> jon: i get you, man. it was the early to mid, man. everybody was experimenting with democracy then. what's up? you know what [bleep] i'm out of here. just go at it, you two. >> just a reminder of the chaos that a lot of the policies of this administration have sowed. chaos in the arab spring. chaos for allies in israel. there are certainly areas that are problematic. we are having some tough days. we'll have tough days ahead. what we've seen in the last three days is a product of policies that have been building over the last three years. if we are successful in building some modicum democracy, it will be an enormous success. you think the president's policy in the middle east has been a success. looks like a disaster to most americans. there has been significance violence in recent we
in iraq for those-- was not a justification in a clear way-- there was no justification by the u.s. government at that time. and this is what created confusion as far as this position. however the attacks themselves we continue to condemn them. >> rose: as well you should-- as well as you have. i'm aware of that. do you believe the united states-- the principle concern in the arab world about the united states comes from the absence of a palestinian/israeli peace, the afghanistan and the iraqi war and what else? what else is it that the united states has done that you believe must be rectified or put behind the united states in order to have the growing productive intelligent relationship with an arab world that's changing. >> ( translated ): and as an egyptian there no animosity between us and the people of america this understanding does not exist. however the sensitivity and the worry that the egyptian people the middle east is because of some positions on past u.s. governments in matters that you mentioned with regard to the palestinians with what happened in iraq and in afgh
obama also drew a line in the sand about iraq's nuclear weapons. >> america wants to resolve this issue through true diplomacy and we need the time and space to do so. a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: but the president's strong words weren't enough to satisfy mitt romney. >> we can look at iran for the last four years, is iran closer to a nuclear weapon or not? and we know the answer, iraq is closer to a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: it was a media day for both president obama and mitt romney. whether physically in new york or on tv. and both trying to one up each other in praising bill clinton at the former president's annual conference on global giving. >> if there's one thing we have learned in this election season by the way, it is that a few words for bill clinton can do a man a lot of good. all i got to do now is wait a couple of days for that bounce to happen. >> president clinton, thank you for your very kind introduction, although i have to admit, i really did like the speech a few weeks ago a little bit better. >> reporter: romney is a
talk about iraq and afghanistan, and the way forward. what has happened and what may happen. >> war in iraq is over. american troops have come home. we have begun a transition in afghanistan. america and our allies will end our war on schedule in 2014. al-qaeda has been weakened. usama bin laden is no more. >> bret: there was some criticism, steve, about ending a war on schedule. that you can end a war on schedule. >> yeah, the formulation doesn't make much sense frankly. there is no schedule for war. you to fight a war until you win a war or at least, you know, if you're in an administration that doesn't want to talk about winning the war, as this administration has chosen not to, at least to achieve your objective. the way he talked about it in that sense, made it sound like the timing mattered more than the outcomes. i think that is a problem if you're over there fighting. >> bret: is there a weakness here on afghanistan? you know now that we know, rudy, that the patrols, joint patrols stopped with the afghans and clearly the attacks have increased, is ending the war on schedule
, iraq and afghanistan, that election was about national security. >> seems they should take advantage of the city being shut down for a couple of days, chuck todd with us. >>> and overseas to the front lines in afghanistan, where the drawdown of u.s. troops is getting a lot of attention, but lately it has been overshadowed by the insider attacks and the toll it has taken on american lives. lester holt is in kandahar where he talked one-on-one with the u.s. and coalition forces. >> reporter: brian, good evening, with the war about to enter the 12th year, questions remain about the taliban resistance. but the man in charge of the war says the strategy for america getting out in the year 2014 is on track. it is quickly becoming put-up time for afghan forces and crunch time for the american commander overseeing the transition. >> reporter: what keeps you up at night on this job? >> the time, the amount of time remaining. >> reporter: time between now and 2014? >> that is correct, we have a lot of work to do. >> reporter: the u.s. and nato forces have trained more than 300,000 troops, taki
2007, the predator has carried out attacks in afghanistan, pakistan, and iraq. their video cameras can watch over entire towns. they can read a car's number plate from a kilometer away. the combat drones' carry missiles and other munitions capable of tracking and striking moving targets. >> let's get some more background to this story. for that, i am joined by our political correspondent, peter craven. tell us why military drums are such a topic of discussion suddenly in germany -- military drones are such a topic of discussion suddenly in germany. the mother is a small fleet of drones, primarily for reconnaissance -- >> there is a small fleet of drones, primarily for reconnaissance. there is a group of voices calling for the german army to be equipped with armed drones, which would allow the book is where to better protect its men and women -- the bundeswehr to better protect its men and women in combat zones. there are others who say, look how these work. we know these are used for precision targets on the ground, like insurgents and terrorists. there is collateral damage. civilians
resentment of the various foreign wars that are being waged, iraq, for example, the dropo killings, all of that kind of stuff, but i think the anger comes from more profound sources been bet. these are people usually in places where the young men, almost all of them really have no prospects. no jobs. they have very little chance of making a good living for themselves, getting married, so there is a frustration, and that frustration is easily channeled by political leaders. they can be named. it becomes like letting off steam. tavis: we are heading into these presidential debates. one of these debates, it will be dealing with foreign policy, and we have already seen how mr. obama and mr. romney have responded. with libya and other parts of the world. what is your sense that they need to calibrate the situation going forward? >> it is a difficult thing for america, because i think it is very important to hold the line. it is important to say we have some fundamental freedoms in this country that we cherish and that we are not going to bat down from that. it is very important to say that w
doing the green revolution right after the election there and ahmadinejad was reelected in iraq and accusations of fraud even then the government was saying "these are not our people rising up, these are western agents whipping up, these are saboteurs." >> that's right. >> jon: there is never any sense that there's fallibility. >> no, it's always deflected into an anti-western-- one of the things i try to say in the book is that what happened to me way back in the days of fax machines was a kind of prelude, a kind of prologue, if you like, to what's happening now. because i think you can draw a straight line from then to now and see the growth of this phenomenon of sort of organized outrage. >> jon: and what stops it? in your mind is it everyone standing up at once or is it something that has to burn out within its own population? >> i think unfortunately that, probably. and i think there's times that it does. i mean, you know, the rule of the aoeu toe la is not popular in iran. the rule of the taliban was not popular in afghanistan. so this stuff does seem to take over, particu
for after bush invaded iraq. we got a lot out of the iraq war. they aren't talking about this on other stations. all they can do is accuse republicans. >> conservatives rarely want to bring up the issue of race. it has become a narrative. if you mention the word chicago it's now... >> there is a new one tonight on chris math use apartment is racist. >> sean: everything is racist you guys are so lucky. i've done nothing but watch msnbc. >> sean: mugged. this is just a short montage of things that have been al gore they don't want to count you in the census z just like a little snip yet. it goes on every election cycle. watch this. >> i think that they played a race card on me. we know from the campaign and everything they plan to do it all along. >> there is an overwhelming portion of the demonstration towards president barack obama is based on the fact that he is a black man. >> the republicans hate black people. >> they're in favor of affirmative action if you can dump a basketball or sink a three-point shot but not in favor of it if you merely have the phone shall to be a leader in y
by iraq on israel will be received by the united states as an attack upon the united states. and we will respond militarily. i think you can say that about saudi arabia, too. when i made my statement, you should make people turn to vote. iran wants to destroy saudi arabia, too. >> we will get to iran in a moment, but let's pick up a little of that. it is confusing if you watch both conventions and you listen to people for both parties. one will always claimed that they are superior to the other in their historic support of israel. you have people telling us that republicans are stronger. i forgot these efforts to thwart the u.s. recognition of statehood. that is something obama has not received enough credit for. within a year, we have both a jewish congresspersons, one republican and one democrat saying opposite things. your party would do better in the white house for israel. >> i certainly believe so. it is a very critical period. small things can mean an awful lot when the president has not been to israel, snubs the prime minister, has made outrageous claims. these have conseque
. >> well, let's see what i've done since i came into office. i said i'd end the war in iraq. i did. i said that we'd go after al qaeda. they've been decimated. that we'd go after bin laden. he's gone. so i've executed on my foreign policy and it's one that the american people largely agree with. so, up know if governor romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so. >> so that's obviously steve croft and not scott pelley. you hear a lot on the democratic side, they tick off those exact same things and say, foreign policywise, and the polls support him, the american people think we're doing okay. >> he said osama bin laden is dead. and al qaeda is on the run. al qaeda is not on the run. what we've seen is al qaeda targeted and assassinated our ambassador in libya. that's -- that's the case. and then he called that a bump in the road. these are four dead american bodies who are in the road. so i think he's absolutely wrong there. when he talks about pulling out of iraq, what we now know is that his military advisers said leave people in iraq. 15,000. he wasn't able t
, including kurds in syria as there are in iraq and iran and turkey, you have a potential situation where you get increased cross water flows of militant groups seeking to have some changes on the borders as well. the last thing the united states wants is for syria to stabilize itself and to destabilize a country that we helped at such great expense in american lives and treasure to put back together after the fall of sadaam hussein. host: call is on the phone on the democratic line. caller: i am surprised at the number of americans and the number of c-span viewers who are not supporters of the united nations. i'm a big supporter. i would like to give an example. the united nations charter and the provisions that could have stopped hitler and world war ii and if we had the united nations in the 1930's. when hitler and his troops marched back into the rhineland, the united nations security council could have applied economic sanctions which would have stopped sweden from selling iron ore to germany. it would have stopped romania from selling oil to hitler. without those, hitler never would hav
for change. he held onto the timeline in iraq and he brought the troops out, and all of those things. but there is broad dissatisfaction among people who said that we are doing it wrong on foreign policy these days. certainly current events in the middle east would give republicans fodder to say who have an acute understanding of national security issues, that's not getting it done. megyn: to have have an acute understanding and interest themselves. we cover these guys are roscoe over there and do it. they watch these things carefully. i want to ask you. you know, the president gave the order to have bin laden killed. the mob and was killed. that was something that was celebrated by americans, military americans and civilians. but then there was the veterans group who has been critical of him, who went public with this advertising campaign. let's watch lists. >> i think when i go after bin laden, if we have a clear shot, i did -- i did -- i did. megyn: mike, that is the kind of thing that is making it impact. he is taking credit for. >> the president has wanted to show himself as the
of troops from iraq and the draw down from afghanistan and the trouble between israel and the palestinians. but that was all. he essentially was checking the box on all those fronts. and no mention at all of china. in essence, wolf, this was a speech about the two crises that have consumed foreign policy discussion during the u.s. campaign. the tension between israel and iran and now this most recent crisis in libya, wolf. >> with six weeks to go until the election, jessica, tomorrow i take it he's right back out there in the swing states out on the campaign trail? >> reporter: that's right. he is hitting the campaign once again. he will be in the battle groind states. this is campaign season for president obama from here until election day with of course the debates coming up, first debate next week. >> yeah. three presidential debates. one vice presidential debate. jessica, thanks. also in new york city mitt romney speaking at the clinton global initiative just ahead of the president. romney focused on foreign policy as well vowing he would link u.s. foreign aid to trade with help going
, which he admitted responsibility for, after bush invaded iraq. we got a lot out of the iraq war, but they're not talking about it on the other stations, because all they can do is accuse republicans of racism. >> sean: conservatives rarely want to bring up the issue of race. it's become a -- if you mention the word "chicago," it's now a -- >> a new one tonight on "chris matthews." apartment is racist. >> sean: everything is racist. >> i do nothing but watch msnbc. >> sean: this is a short montage of things that have been -- you know, al gore, they don't want to count you in the census, republicans have the wrong policy about black america. watch a snippet, because it goes on every election cycle. look at this. >> i think they played the race card on me. we now know from mobil memos ofe campaign that they planned to do it all along. >> the demonstrated animosity toward president barack obama is based on the fact that he is a black man. >> the republicans hate black people. >> they are in favor of affirmative action if you can dunk the basketball or sink a three-point shot. but th
and you can invade iraq and we see years later what the consequences of that were. so short of that, he does not -- of starting a new war, he doesn't really have another policy option. >> excellent. professor dyson, romney has claimed that the president belittled the deaths of ambassador stevens and three other americans when he spoke of the middle east experiencing bumps in the road. that's obviously a desperate attempt to undermine the president on foreign policy. and yet at the same time, sir, mr. romney thinks nothing of belittling 47% of the american population. >> absolutely right. the reality is this, is that mitt romney is attempting to exploit the statements by president obama, take them out of context, and use them as a pretext to justify his assault upon the foreign policy of the obama administration and yet we know what he really thinks. again, we've seen behind the curtain. we see that the wizard of oz is a small guy. we see os not the big, bad wolf that he claims to be in his hawkish policies. here is a guy who dismiss the with elite condescension with the vast majority of
. afghanistan, pakistan, iraq and egypt. under president romney, how would that lineup change? >> he's not getting into line items here about which particular country would get money. he's talking specifically about the mechanics, the framework through which we give money and how it's implemented and what are the conditions in place. so, for instance, if we want the power of free enterprise to advance the developing world, we have got to work to remove the barriers that make free enterprise successful in the developing world. limits on free speech, limits on private property protections. limits on the rule of law. >> dictatorships that are corrupt? >> so we've got to work with international institutions and our own development agencies and the international community to put tougher conditions on these countries when money is dispersed. so i'll give you a real live example going on right now. egypt. right now there is a question. egypt is the second largest recipient of foreign aid, and there is a big transition in government, a muslim brotherhood president in place. should we be givi
ghatenn w we no the h realized there was no weapons of mass destruction in iraq. that was the whole reality we lived in, the disillusionment on the right, the confusion in the middle, the anger on the left. they didn't even experience that period of time? >> well, chris, to put a charitably, i think the publican party today is the noalpa thas sense of it having kind of marinated in their world view down in tampa at the republican convention. they think of a simpler world, a world where the verities they believin still apply in simple terms. the fact is it's a complex world. rnnt, if the whole thing is i don't want government, i don't believe in government, then you aren't going to participate in the reality of economic life for one in america today. th're the nostalgia party. they would like to believe that theilitary was correct, that dick cheney was correctbout on mdect thoureto believe in that -- >> but what evidence do they have that we were right about iraq and wmd? >> they don't. what i'm saying i they want to will themselves into believing authority figures who used to be res
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